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CAROL LOLLIS
Steve Orlik, a DCR employee, takes a minute to work on his chain saw while cleaning up the tree damage on Christopher Clark Road on Mount Tom State Reservation after last week's storm.

VIDEO Mount Tom forest mayhem has an upside — greater biodiversity

Monday, October 13, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Once overshadowed by swaths of soaring, leafy-green trees, the road into Mount Tom State Reservation from Route 141 now offers sweeping vistas after last week’s microburst wreaked havoc on the mountain landscape. Nearly a mile of Christopher Clark Road is the scene of hundreds of uprooted, snapped, twisted and downed trees and is expected to remain shut to …

Candidates for 2nd Hampden and Hampshire Senate seat to debate Thursday in Easthampton

Monday, October 13, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The candidates seeking the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District state Senate seat will meet in Easthampton for a televised debate Thursday. Incumbent Donald F. Humason Jr., R-Westfield, will debate Democratic challenger Patrick Leahy of Holyoke at 7 p.m. in the Easthampton High School auditorium at 70 Williston Ave. The event is …

Making News: Awards and new hires in the Valley

Monday, October 13, 2014

Theresa Hoang joins Florence Dental NORTHAMPTON — Dr. Theresa Hoang has joined the Florence Dental Care practice, 41 Main St., Florence. Hoang received her doctor of dental medicine degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey. Frank Flannery joins Parker & O’Grady SOUTHAMPTON — Parker & O’Grady law firm has …

Mt. Tom coal plant to close in October; environmentalists celebrate

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Environmentalists are celebrating word that the Valley’s coal-fired power plant, a “dirty dozen” energy producer that received a $55 million upgrade just years ago, will close this October. But the news means the end of 28 jobs at …

Surprise theme of graduation at Holyoke Community College

Saturday, May 31, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Surprise was the theme during the 67th commencement ceremony for Holyoke Community College which was held at the MassMutual Center Saturday morning. Degrees were given to 1,078 graduates. James M. Knapp, a professor of biology at …

'Did everything go right?' Families that hired Ryder question past services

Friday, May 30, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — When Roger Beauregard’s wife Victoria died in March, he asked that she be cremated along with a pair of teddy bears that brought her comfort in her last stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Now, allegations of improper conduct lodged by the state against Ryder Funeral Home, …

Annual Treehouse Foundation conference on foster care Friday at Holyoke Community College

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Treehouse Foundation will hold its fifth annual Re-Envisioning Foster Care in America conference at Holyoke Community College from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday with speakers from around the country. The conference in the Kittredge Center, which is open to the public, will bring together people involved …

Michael Wellspeak of Westfield injured in rollover accident on Interstate 91

Monday, May 26, 2014

HOLYOKE — A 22-year-old Westfield man was injured in a rollover accident on Interstate 91 and taken to Holyoke Medical Center early Monday, according to State Police. The single-car accident occurred shortly before 1 a.m. on I-91 in Holyoke. The Northampton Fire Department responded and took Michael J. …

State task force examining opioid abuse recommends detox program in Franklin County

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Creating a detoxification program in Franklin County and reviewing eligibility rules insurers use for addiction treatment are among 36 recommendations released last week by the state panel charged with examining the epidemic of opioid abuses. Department of Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett, who chairs the group, said the …

Four-car crash on I-91 injures 2, snarls evening commute

Thursday, May 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A four-vehicle crash on Interstate 91 northbound near Exit 17 in Holyoke caused a massive traffic backup Thursday evening, especially when combined with an earlier closure of one of two lanes near Exit 18 in Northampton …

Signs urging civility sought in Holyoke after woman allegedly punches girl at youth baseball game

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

HOLYOKE (AP) — A Holyoke city councilor is calling for signs urging civility to be placed at all youth ball fields in the city after a 22-year-old woman allegedly punched a 14-year-old girl in the face during a children’s baseball game. Police say the woman will be summoned …

Warrant issued for Joseph Worpek of Holyoke after he fails to appear in court on sexual assault charge

Thursday, May 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police are searching for a Holyoke man after he failed to appear in Northampton District Court Thursday on a sexual assault charge. Joseph E. Worpek, 44, faces one count of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 in connection with an incident in Easthampton …

Springfield man, Holyoke woman face charges of dealing heroin after traffic stop in Whately

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

WHATELY — A Springfield man and a Holyoke woman face charges of dealing heroin after their rental car was stopped by police Monday night. The two were pulled over on Routes 5 and 10 near Christian Lane after state police spotted a Ford Taurus driving 20 miles under …